The Meth Warlords of the Golden Triangle

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Asia’s Golden Triangle is a lawless area running along the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. These semi-autonomous zones are loosely ruled by local warlords and have suffered decades of conflict – the perfect breeding ground for drug trafficking empires. For decades, the Golden Triangle was known as the world centre of heroin production. But in recent years, the focus has switched from opiates to amphetamines – particularly meth. The Golden Triangle meth trade is now a multi-billion dollar industry, rivaling anything in Central or South America. Furthermore, there is speculation that parts of the Chinese government are flooding the area with weapons, supplying the rival meth warlords, and making huge profits along the way.

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